City Rail Link



Sean Sweeney - CEO

Dr Sean Sweeney began work as the Chief Executive Officer of City Rail Link Ltd on 2 July 2018.

Dr Sweeney is an engineer with a PhD in construction economics from the University of Melbourne.

After graduating in engineering from the University of Auckland, Dr Sweeney spent seven years working on the development of Te Papa in Wellington before heading overseas to work in the USA and Europe and then settling in Australia.

In Australia, he delivered a programme of major public infrastructure in Victoria and ran a top tier Australian construction firm. More recently he established and implemented a $2.5bn prison construction programme for New South Wales.

On his appointment, City Rail Link Ltd board chair Sir Brian Roche said Dr Sweeney brought a wealth of relevant and current experience to the position, as well as a strong academic background.  He said both of these put the CRL project in a great position as it heads towards the delivery of major contracts.


Previous Appointments

John Williamson - Interim Chief Executive

John Williamson was the company's Interim Chief Executive in 2018 between March and July following the retirement of Chris Meale.

Mr Williamson has been involved with the CRL project in a variety of roles since its early days, including as Acting General Manager Strategy and Development. He is an economist who has worked on many major infrastructure projects in New Zealand and is passionate about Auckland and its potential to be a truly great city.


Chris Meale - First Chief Executive  

Chris Meale led the Auckland City Rail Link from 2012 until his retirement in March 2018.

He was responsible for the establishment and direction of the CRL project team to undertake planning, property acquisition, design, tender, construction testing and commissioning to service this major transport infrastructure project.